Making science work for development

Timeline of UKCDS work in build-up to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

11 March 2015

On 14 - 18 March, the Third World Conference on DRR is taking place in Sendai, Japan. UN states will agree the Post-2015 Framework for DRR, which will replace the current Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - an agreement on how countries prepare for, and respond to, disasters.

Since March 2014, UKCDS has been working with a number of UK-based and international organisations to ensure that the contribution science and scientists can make in reducing disaster risk features more prominently in the post-2015 Framework than it did in its predecessor, the HFA. 

We've convened high-level meetings with disaster experts, attended UN meetings to promote the role of science and conducted a review of what countries want from DRR science and technology.

The work of UKCDS, collaborating with other organisations such as UNISDR, UNESCO and ICSU, appears to have been effective. As of 10 March 2015, the role of science in DRR was referenced in 50 paragraphs of the (nearly final) text of the new Framework. All but seven of these paragraphs have been approved by UN Member States. This means science features under each of the four ‘priorities for action’.

This is a dramatic increase in the role of science compared to HFA, in which science was called for only in general terms: ‘Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels’.

The timeline below (if you can't see it click here for another version) shows the build-up to the conference in Sendai and showcases UKCDS' work. Click on each link to find out more about our work and the UN process. 


  • The different strands of the timeline show events of a certain theme.
  • Black circles = events UKCDS has been directly involved in
  • Bold text = products of UKCDS work
  • Blue circles = events UKCDS has been indirectly involved in or informed
  • Grey circles = events UKCDS has not been involved in

For more on this topic see the UKCDS blog post.

  • Landscape analysis
  • Natural disasters
  • Research for disaster risk reduction

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